Video: FBI looking for political activist on the run for possessing explosives

posted at 10:01 am on June 2, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Saturday, the FBI put out a national alert for Ryan Kelly Chamberlain, a former consultant on political campaigns for both Republicans and Democrats, and a University of San Francisco instructor of a “Grass Roots Mobilization” course for post-grads. Initially, rumors of ricin production arose, but the FBI threw a dash of cold water on those reports. A raid on Chamberlain’s home may have produced explosives, and the fugitive is considered armed and dangerous as long as he’s on the run:

The FBI has issued a nationwide alert to law enforcement agencies about a San Francisco social media consultant they consider armed and dangerous who is wanted on suspicion of possessing explosives.

FBI spokesman Peter Lee said Sunday that 42-year-old Ryan Kelly Chamberlain, II, was last seen in a dark blue, hooded sweatshirt and jeans.

Multiple agencies, including hazardous materials crews, searched Chamberlain’s apartment in San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood on Saturday, blocking off the street to vehicle and pedestrian traffic for much of the day.

Readers have to dive to the end of the CBS/AP article to find this information:

Chamberlain had worked for years as a political consultant on Democratic campaigns, Bramblett said.

He also worked as an independent contractor for The San Francisco Chronicle during the 2012 NFL season, doing social media to boost coverage for the San Francisco 49ers Insider iPad app, the newspaper said.

A spokeswoman for the University of San Francisco said Chamberlain taught a “Grass Roots Mobilization” course to graduate students in the Public Affairs program in 2011. Anne-Marie Devine said Chamberlain taught for one semester, and wasn’t invited to teach another course. She said she didn’t know why, because hundreds of adjunct professors come and go at the university.

However, KTVU in Oakland also interviewed a Republican Party figure who noted that Chamberlain did work for the GOP before “switching sides,” and did his last work on Gavin Newsom’s campaign:

That doesn’t sound like the profile of a really far-left political activist. It sounds more like the profile of a political realist in California, and someone who knew where the money would be in consultancies for political campaigns.

The FBI made a statement about this yesterday, and conducted a brief press conference afterward:

His friends are shocked, saying they never considered him violent or dangerous, although one person remarked that Chamberlain seemed petty and immature about not getting his way. This story is a long way from being over, but I’d be careful about shoehorning it into a partisan framework, at least for the moment.


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CONsultant gone wild?

ConstantineXI on June 2, 2014 at 10:03 AM

You’ll find him on the set of “Restaurant Impossible”.

Bishop on June 2, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Hey, Ryan, the Bergdahls are callin’…

vnvet on June 2, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Well, since the goober last worked for democrats the media won’t be able to assign him to the Tea Party or bring up a party affiliation.

HumpBot Salvation on June 2, 2014 at 10:09 AM

It was just a matter of time. Who didn’t see this coming?

Akzed on June 2, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Should be easy to spot with ears like that.

kcewa on June 2, 2014 at 10:13 AM

He’s jealous that the Rogers kid is getting all of the media attention.

Tom Servo on June 2, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Initially, rumors of ricin production arose, but the FBI threw a dash of cold water on those reports. A raid on Chamberlain’s home may have produced explosives, and the fugitive is considered armed and dangerous as long as he’s on the run:

Remain calm, it’s just an armed guy with explosives and not bioterrorism! Who could have guessed that San Francisco had crazy people?

Happy Nomad on June 2, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Bloomberg to start campaign to eliminate sweatshirts with hoods!!

Deano1952 on June 2, 2014 at 10:18 AM

“We all knew that he was a very emotional guy and when he didn’t get his own way he would say ‘Screw you, I’m going to go do my own thing,”‘ Bramblett said. “I’ve never seen him be violent, ever, but I would definitely say that maybe emotionally and mentally he was a little unstable.”

Emotionally and mentally unstable but nobody saw this coming? LOL! I guess it’s liberal guilt about judging people.

Happy Nomad on June 2, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Should be easy to spot with ears like that.

kcewa on June 2, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Why do you think he’s wearing a hoodie?

Happy Nomad on June 2, 2014 at 10:22 AM

You’ll find him on the set of “Restaurant Impossible”.

Bishop on June 2, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Heh

DarkCurrent on June 2, 2014 at 10:28 AM

FBI spokesman Peter Lee said Sunday that 42-year-old Ryan Kelly Chamberlain, II, was last seen in a dark blue, hooded sweatshirt and jeans.

If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit
And
If he’s in a hoodie, it’s all goodie.

M240H on June 2, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Sorry, I’m not going to just take the FBI’s word that they found explosives in this guy’s house.

Texas Zombie on June 2, 2014 at 10:32 AM

He also worked as an independent contractor for The San Francisco Chronicle during the 2012 NFL season, doing social media to boost coverage for the San Francisco 49ers Insider iPad app, the newspaper said.

I thought Kapernick had a strong enough arm the 49ers didn’t need anyone else to throw bombs.

jon1979 on June 2, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Single, SF, and living right off Polk St. — he’s teh ghey. Why is this important? If the guy attended church the media would be reporting that he was a fundamentalist Christian nut. So, what’s good for the goose….

Blake on June 2, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Just wait, he will show up in Obama’s cabinet soon enough…

right2bright on June 2, 2014 at 10:34 AM

I have no problem “shoehorning” him as a radical leftists. Ever see his tweets? here are a couple

Ryan Chamberlain @poliholic
Follow

Ever noticed that the Climate-Change-Deniers and the End-of-the-World-Prophesiers are the same people? http://fb.me/1qsro0KDZ
4:49 PM – 13 May 2014

Ryan Chamberlain @poliholic
Follow

The Foxification of America…uninformed yet highly opinionated… http://fb.me/1mJJURaYD

Capitalist Infidel on June 2, 2014 at 10:36 AM

That doesn’t sound like the profile of a really far-left political activist. It sounds more like the profile of a political realist in California, and someone who knew where the money would be in consultancies for political campaigns.

So we finally have an Establishmentarian terrorist. It was only a matter of time.

forest on June 2, 2014 at 10:37 AM

He’s going to go defect to the Taliban, so he can come back a Hero and get his picture taken with the President.

Tom Servo on June 2, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Happy Nomad on June 2, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Good point.

kcewa on June 2, 2014 at 10:38 AM

although one person remarked that Chamberlain seemed petty and immature about not getting his way.

So he is an Obamabot.

rbj on June 2, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Ah Oh! A hoodie? This isn’t going to end well. Don’t worry Ed, we know crazy lives on both sides of the aisle, look at Boehner.

Cindy Munford on June 2, 2014 at 10:42 AM

If his name is even slightly associated with the GOP, the lefty media can go right for into the “he’s a gun loving, crazed teabagger” mode.

Walter L. Newton on June 2, 2014 at 10:42 AM

He also worked as an independent contractor for The San Francisco Chronicle during the 2012 NFL season, doing social media to boost coverage for the San Francisco 49ers Insider iPad app, the newspaper said.

Working for the niners – definitely a sign of mental problems.

kcewa on June 2, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Ed, you say “a former consultant on political campaigns for both Republicans and Democrats” but the piece says “worked for years as a political consultant on Democratic campaigns.”

Why the difference ?

J_Crater on June 2, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Oh, by San Francisco standards these days Gavin Newsom is considered a reactionary reichwinger…

JEM on June 2, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Single, SF, and living right off Polk St. — he’s teh ghey. Why is this important? If the guy attended church the media would be reporting that he was a fundamentalist Christian nut. So, what’s good for the goose….

Blake on June 2, 2014 at 10:33 AM

…good point.

KOOLAID2 on June 2, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Single, SF, and living right off Polk St. — he’s teh ghey.

Blake on June 2, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Somebody’s Gaydar is going off.

One of the most prized talents in the gay man’s arsenal. I am told…

JohnGalt23 on June 2, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Another day, another nut loose in SanFran.

ORconservative on June 2, 2014 at 11:11 AM

White male…

albill on June 2, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Sorry, I’m not going to just take the FBI’s word that they found explosives in this guy’s house.

Texas Zombie on June 2, 2014 at 10:32 AM

It probably means M80s. If they had found a pressure cooker at his place they would have said that he had WMDs.

As to the ricin charge, this guy’s lucky he didn’t have any castor oil around …

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 2, 2014 at 11:13 AM

I’d be careful about shoehorning it into a partisan framework, at least for the moment

Challenge accepted! Klearly this guy was Krazy fer Kommon Kore and was off to speak truth to power or sumtin like that.

dreadnought62 on June 2, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Epstein said he worked with Chamberlain years ago before Chamberlain switched sides and joined the Democratic Party’s efforts.

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That makes sense…as soon as he became mentally ill, he became a Democrat.

cajunpatriot on June 2, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Single, SF, and living right off Polk St. — he’s teh ghey.

Blake on June 2, 2014 at 10:33 AM

he sounds more like a friend of sarah then a friend of dorothy to me.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 2, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Bloomberg to start campaign to eliminate sweatshirts with hoods!!

Deano1952 on June 2, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Racist. Better tweet an apology to St. Trayvon’s mommy.

cptacek on June 2, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Well, since the goober last worked for democrats the media won’t be able to assign him to the Tea Party or bring up a party affiliation.
HumpBot Salvation on June 2, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Of course they will. They’ll just wait a few weeks to print a retraction on page B-36, like they always do.

Maddie on June 2, 2014 at 11:29 AM

He knows the Choom Gang will still trade terrorists for him, so he’ll blow something up and zip off to A-stan.

formwiz on June 2, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Will the FBI have the Smartz to check out the White House, he could be a distinguished guest!

Obamatrix on June 2, 2014 at 11:45 AM

His Twitter feed is unbelievably boring.

It’s also stupid. He says “climate-change deniers” and end-of-the-world prophesiers are always the same people.

Yeah, Al Gore is a climate-change denier.

Oh, and Chamberlain hates Fox News.

A Chair of Some Kind on June 2, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is running for re-election as Lt. Governor in California’s Primary Election tomorrow.

If the media really wanted to learn more about Ryan Chamberlain, they would be interviewing Gavin Newsom rather than the former Chair of the San Francisco Republican Party who remembers him from more than 10 years ago, before Chamberlain began working for San Francisco Democrats.

Why isn’t the media asking Gavin Newsom about Ryan Chamberlain?

wren on June 2, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Why isn’t the media asking Gavin Newsom about Ryan Chamberlain?

wren on June 2, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Hmmm…Could it be because Gavin Newsom is a Democrat?

wren on June 2, 2014 at 4:16 PM

I just saw them arrest this guy in San Francisco. Very suddenly police started filing into the area and then they got him.

lexhamfox on June 2, 2014 at 9:52 PM

San Francisco, CA, US
21m
FBI: Suspect in San Francisco explosives case has been captured – @SFGate
Read more on sfgate.com

canopfor on June 2, 2014 at 10:12 PM